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Alfredo Catalani is best known today for his opera La Wally, but he also experimented with a number of orchestral works, including three symphonies. Ero e Leandro, Catalani’s last orchestral work, evokes the dramatic tragedy of the Greek mythological lovers Hero and Leander who lived on either side of the Hellespont (the modern Dardanelles). The brief Scherzo is a sparkling piece while the Andantino is noteworthy for its fluid melodic line. The bel canto lyricism of Contemplazione contrasts with Il Mattino, a single-movement Romantic symphony divided into several clearly distinguishable sections.
Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro
Ero e Leandro
Alfredo Catalani: Scherzo in A Major
Scherzo in A Major
Alfredo Catalani: Andantino in A Major
Andantino in A Major
Alfredo Catalani: Contemplazione
Alfredo Catalani: Il mattino, "Sinfonia romantica"
Il mattino, "Sinfonia romantica"
14th March 2014
“The best piece, by far, is the 1884 symphonic poem Ero e Leandro...The performances, from the Rome Symphony under Francesco La Vecchia, are thrillingly intense.”
9th April 2014
“With expert and idiomatic performances from the Rome orchestra and conductor Francesco La Vecchia, fine work by the recording engineers and the attractive Naxos price point, anyone who enjoys late 19th century orchestral music will not, I think, be disappointed...These unfamiliar scores may not be masterpieces but they certainly do not deserve the obscurity in which they have languished for more than a century.”